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    Drunk chess grandmaster loses match after nodding off | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    NEW DELHI, September 4 (RIA Novosti) - French grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev lost his chess match against India's Praveen Kumar after he fell asleep in a drunken stupor at an international tournament in Kolkata, an official said.

    According to the official, Tkachiev did not appear to be drunk at the start of the match, however, after about 15 minutes the Frenchman fell asleep and could not be woken.

    One of the tournament officials, Soumen Majumder, was cited by the Indian Express as saying, "What happened is unfortunate. It's in bad taste. Once the event is over, we will hold a meeting and decide how to proceed against this player."

    Tkachiev was in such a state he had to be carried off and Kumar was declared the winner.

    Russian-born French chess player Tkachiev, aged 35, is an accomplished chess player, ranked 58th in the world, a former European champion who recently won the French championships.
     
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    Probe into claim jets sold for $5 each in Russia's Volga Region | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    MOSCOW, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russian investigators in Nizhny Novgorod have opened a criminal case into the illegal sale of MiG-31 Foxhound aircraft hulls at $5 instead of $3.7 million, the Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday.

    The sale came to light after an anti-corruption check was carried out to see whether regulations were followed during the sale of items from the Sokol Aircraft Construction plant located in the Russian Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod.

    Prosecutors said that in October 2006 - July 2007, unidentified officials from the local department of the Agency for State Reserves unlawfully included four MiG-31 hulls (without engines and weapons) into a list of sale items.

    "As a result, long-range supersonic interceptor aircraft that were not for sale were purchased by a dummy firm, Metalsnab, which was not entitled to trade in arms and military hardware," prosecutors said.

    The asking price of the MiG-31 hulls was significantly undervalued by a local valuation company.

    According to the valuation report one hull was valued at 153 rubles ($4.9) - this initial price was accepted during bidding and the MiGs were sold at this price. However, one hull actually costs around 116 million rubles ($3.7 million).
     
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    Ukrainian trouser-man detained on Belarusian border | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    MOSCOW, August 3 (RIA Novosti) - A Ukrainian national, wearing three pairs of trousers and over 12 pairs of underpants, tried to sneak a load of contraband clothes across the border under the noses of Belarusian border guards, local media said on Monday.

    The smuggler aroused suspicion as he appeared to be wearing far too many clothes for the time of year, a Belarusian border guard spokesperson said.

    On closer inspection the man was found to be wearing four tracksuits, three pairs of trousers and 15 pairs of underpants.

    A search of the Ukrainian national's vehicle revealed around $20,000 worth of contraband goods in total.

    The clothes and goods were seized and the case handed over to the country's customs authorities.
     
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    Egyptian man discovers wife's 6 other husbands in 6 weeks | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    CAIRO, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Police in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada have arrested a local waitress on charges of polygamy, the Almasry Alyoum newspaper reported on Monday.

    The 25-year-old waitress was found out by her seventh husband when he discovered marital contracts with six other men dated over the last month and a half.

    The woman found her husbands-to-be in a cafe where she was employed. After the weddings, she lost all interest and began her hunt anew for a new husband.

    According to police, the woman, who was not identified, married once every six to seven days. Once she remarried, she took all of her belongings to her new husband's home, giving no explanation for her disappearance to her previous husband.

    The woman claims she is not to blame and simply became a victim of love and male egoism because all of her husbands were happy with her, even if that family happiness only lasted a week.
     
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    Some 30,000 Polish carrier pigeons disappear during race | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - Polish prosecutors have begun investigations into the disappearance of 30,000 carrier pigeons during a long-distance race, Poland's TVN24 has reported.

    A Polish group brought some 50,000 carrier pigeons to the German city of Schoningen to participate in a 600-kilometer (373-mile) race in late June. However, only 20,000 were able to make it back to the southern Polish city of Chorzow due to high winds and storms in the area.

    The birds' owners hold the organizers responsible for the loss because they did not call the race off. Polish law stipulates a fine or prison term of up to two years for the "meditated destruction of the animal world in large numbers."

    Prosecutors said other similar competitions were canceled in the area due to bad weather, TVN24 reported. They said it is hard to say if the birds died, as many could still be found in several regions between the start and finish lines.
     
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    Baby croc on board international flight to Cairo panics passengers | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    CAIRO, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - Panic broke out during an international flight from Abu Dhabi to Cairo when a small crocodile was discovered scuttling around the cabin, Egyptian media reported on Friday.

    During the flight, passengers spotted a 30-centimeter (12-inch) crocodile dodging between the seats of the plane. Passengers began screaming and jumping from their seats. The flight crew was finally able to catch the reptile and calm the passengers.

    Upon arriving in Cairo, the crocodile was handed over to veterinarians. The freeloader reptile will be handed over to Cairo Zoo after quarantine.

    It has not yet been established how the crocodile ended up on board the plane.

    Last August, 250 reptiles, including baby crocodiles, snakes and chameleons were confiscated in Egypt from a Saudi Arabian who was flying home from Cairo. The confiscated animals were also given to the Cairo Zoo.
     
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    Putin tells white whale to calm down in Russia's Far East | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    CHKALOV ISLAND (Khabarovsk Territory), July 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin set up a satellite transmitter on a white whale and told it not to be so angry during a visit to Russia's Far East Khabarovsk Territory on Friday.

    Upon his arrival on Chkalov Island in the Sea of Okhotsk, Vladimir Putin, accompanied by emergencies minister Sergei Shoigu, laid flowers at a memorial to Russian aircraft test pilot Valery Chkalov, after whom the island was named.

    He then met with scientists studying white whales' behavior, migration patterns and habitats.

    He inspected U.S. and Russian-made satellite transmitters and watched a movie showing how these transmitters should be fixed on a white whale's body. Then, accompanied by Shoigu and a group of scientists, Putin headed for the sea.

    The Russian prime minister then approached a white whale named Dasha in order to attach a transmitter on to it.

    Putin asked whether Dasha could eat him and those with him, but a scientist calmed him down, saying: "She won't eat us but could splash us with cold water."

    "Probably if she gets angry," Putin replied.

    Having attached the transmitter on to Dasha, he clapped the whale on the sides and said: "Don't be angry anymore." The whale was then released back into the sea.
     
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    Indian deputy police chief on night ghost hunt | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    NEW DELHI, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - The deputy police chief of the Indian state of Karnataka has been ghost-hunting in the state's supreme court building after all his constables were scared away, the Mail Today newspaper said on Friday.

    Officers have for two weeks reused to work night shifts in the Karnataka High Court, saying they were afraid of ghosts. Deputy Commissioner of Police Kumara Swami entered the court at about midnight on Wednesday night and spent two hours in the old building and the surrounding park.

    "I went to the very spot where our police constables said I shouldn't. I sat there for 15 minutes all by myself in the hope that the ghost would come and talk to me, but it didn't," he said in an interview.

    One of the first to spot the ghost was a woman, who lived on the premises of the court. One night, she said, she saw a woman clad in white, wailing and demanding "justice," she was followed by a child.

    The next person to see a ghost was the building's senior officer. He said that someone pushed him during his night shift, and he saw a man with a long beard. When the policeman snarled at him for being rude, the ghost disappeared.

    Rumors that the building was haunted spread quickly and police officers began refusing night duties. Swami could do nothing but go to the court building at night to prove there were no ghosts there.

    "I suspect these rumors have been spread by some miscreants who want to use the Cubbon park premises for its illegal activities. I want to put an end to that," Swami said.
     
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    Chinese Transformers fan gets hooked on gasoline | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    BEIJING, July 20 (RIA Novosti) - A 14-year-old Chinese fan of the Transformer movies has been drinking gasoline for five years in an attempt to "become a valiant fighter" like his hero Optimus Prime, Chinese media said on Monday.

    "He started drinking gasoline about five years ago, when we first discovered he enjoyed smelling lighter fuel," Xinhua said citing a local newspaper report.

    At the age of nine the boy from the southwestern Chinese city of Yibin began stealing lighters from his mother's grocery stall. After discovering that their son had drunk half a bottle of gasoline from the fuel tank of the family motorcycle "to obtain energy," the worried parents locked the vehicle away.

    The boy, however, started emptying the fuel tanks of cars in the neighborhood, gradually increasing the amount of consumed fuel to two or three bottles each day. His concerned family has sought medical advice and a doctor diagnosed the child with a serious mental disorder and "petrol addiction."

    "Since my son began drinking fuel, his IQ has dropped sharply and now he can't figure out addition and subtraction within 100," the father told West China Metropolis Daily. "Before that, he was a very smart boy, and he could even repair the television. But now he does not know the answer of 7 plus 17."

    Meanwhile, the second movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is breaking box office records in China. The movie, which went on release in China on June 24, has so far earned $58.4 million, breaking the 10-year-old record set by the Oscar-winning film Titanic.

    The first Transformers movie was released just two years ago in June 2007.
     
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    U.S. man charged $23 quadrillion for pack of cigarettes | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    MOSCOW, July 15 (RIA Novosti) - A U.S. man has discovered that he was charged more than $23 quadrillion for a pack of cigarettes that he bought at a filling station using his Visa card, WMUR-TV reported on Wednesday.

    When his checked his online bank account, Josh Muszynski discovered that he was $23,148,855,308,184,500 ($23,148 trillion) in the red.

    "I thought my card had been compromised. I thought somebody had bought Europe with my credit card," he said.

    Muszynski turned to the sales assistant at the store, but "she said she couldn't help me at all. She didn't know anything about it," he explained.

    He then phoned the Bank of America to find out where the mysterious string of numbers on his account had come from. After two hours on the phone to the bank, a representative still had no explanation, but assured Muszynski that his statement would be corrected.

    Some 24 hours later the huge negative balance on his account was reversed back to normal.
     
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    Turkish court orders violent husband to give flowers to wife | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    ANKARA, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - A court in southeast Turkey has ordered a man charged with domestic violence to give his wife flowers, regional media reported on Monday.

    Hayrettin Cetintas was handed the unusual sentence after a judge in the city of Diyarbakir learnt that the man regularly beat one of his two wives and his 10-year-old son.

    The judge ordered him to present his wife with a bouquet of flowers once a week for the five months he is to spend on probation and also to read five books on how to raise children.

    During the hearing, Cetintas also confessed: "I don't know the birthday of my first wife or when we got married. I've never given flowers to her, either," the Anatolia news agency said.

    "It is possible that I might have beaten one of my children when I was tired," he went on.
     
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    RAF girls pay with their knickers for ride in jets - dnaindia.com

    London: Pilots of the Royal Air Force have come up with a novel way of making their female passengers pay for their ride in a jet - by asking for their knickers in return as fare.

    The panties, which are framed, can be seen adorning a whole wall of the Tornado pilots' bar, with some even hanging from the ceiling.

    Fast jet crews started the tradition at Mount Pleasant airfield in the Falklands, but pilots of helicopters and rescue planes charged a bra for a joyride.

    "If you went flying with all the different aircraft in the Falklands, you wouldn't have any underwear left," the Sun quoted a woman RAF officer as saying.

    The fast jet pilots' private bar, which is a converted bedroom, is also decorated with an ejector seat.

    "Any woman who wants a flight in a jet has to offer her underwear in return," another female officer said.

    "Underneath the framed women's underwear are messages like 'Thanks for the ride' and 'Thanks for making me squeal'," she said.

    RAF sources confirmed on June 17 the existence of the knickers display.

    "All flights are approved. There is no question of illicit use of jets," a senior officer said.

    "Passengers are not forced to hand over knickers as a fare - but if they wish to make a donation, that is entirely up to them," he explained.

    The Ministry of Defence added: "Nobody should get upset about this. There's an approved system for allowing passenger flights in jets."
     
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    Chinese lock picker invents anti-theft device in prison - dnaindia.com

    New Delhi: Making a new theft-proof lock in a prison in Hubei province, a thief has got his sentence reduced. Wu Mingrong, who used to break locks using toothpicks, applied his skill to create a lock that he himself cannot open. He made the new anti-theft device during his 20-year sentence in Qianjiang prison, reports the China Daily. Mingrong has got a patent for his invention
     
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    UK women giving birth in lifts & toilets


    LONDON: A shortage of midwives and hospital beds is forcing thousands of British women to give birth outside maternity wards, putting the lives of
    babies and mothers at risk, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

    Babies were born in offices, lifts, toilets and a caravan, according to the Freedom of Information data for 2007 and 2008 from 117 out of 147 trusts which provide maternity services. Opposition Tory health spokesman Andrew Lansley, who obtained the figures, said the Labour government had cut maternity beds by 2,340, or 22%, since coming to power in 1997.
     
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    Pee in the shower, says environmental group

    SAO PAULO: The environmental organisation SOS Mata Atlantica is running a campaign to get Brazilians to pee in the shower to reduce water
    consumption and protect the environment.

    "The environment is happy about the amount of water saved. Every flush of the loo uses around 12 litres of water. Flushing just once a day makes a total of 4,380 litres per year," said the organisation which is trying to protect the Mata Atlantica, the Atlantic rainforest.

    The organisation is happy to allay any worries about hygiene. "Pee is made up of 95% water and around 5% other substances such as urea and salt." Nevertheless it is advisable to pee first and then shower, the organisation warns.
     
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    Aussie official: Glue on toilet seat a 'sick joke'
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    CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA: A man who used a public toilet in a shopping mall was taken to a hospital to have the toilet seat removed from his backside after
    someone smeared it with glue in what an official condemned on Monday as a sick joke.

    Police urged possible witnesses to come forward after the 58-year-old man was humiliated in the northeastern city of Cairns by the prank.

    An ambulance was called to help the man after he was found stuck by fast-acting adhesive glue to a toilet seat on Saturday in the busy shopping mall.

    Paramedics removed the seat from the toilet and took him to a hospital, where medical staff used industrial solvents to get it off.

    Cairns local government official Di Forsyth said the man, who was not identified, was not injured but was "extremely embarrassed" by his experience.

    "I'm disgusted that a gentlemen has had to go through that because someone thinks it's funny," Forsyth said. "It's a sick joke."
     
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    Woman marries 7 times in 45 days

    CAIRO: A 25-year-old Egyptian waitress, 'addicted to men'and had allegedly married seven times in 45 days has been arrested by the police in
    Hurghada on charges of polygamy.

    Working in a tourist resort the waitress allegedly developed sexual relationships with young men. Sexual relationships out of wedlock are prohibited by law in Egypt. However, she used to write an unofficial marriage agreement before any new relationship.

    The waitress met a young contractor in the cafe who soon fell for her and proposed.

    A few days into the marriage, her new husband, Ramadan discovered one of the unofficial marriage agreements dating a few days before they got married. When confronted, she reportedly confessed she was ‘addicted to men’ and had married seven times in 45 days. Two of the marriages were only ten hours apart. She also confessed she was pregnant.

    The husband filed an official complaint against his wife and the police detained her on charges of forgery, fornication and polygamy.
     
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    Australian teenagers haul in cash-stuffed bag while fishing | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

    MOSCOW, September 22 (RIA Novosti) - Two Australian teenagers out to catch fish to feed their cat hauled in a bag stuffed with around $87,000, the Northern Star newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    The teenagers were fishing in their favorite creek near the village of Nimbin in New South Wales in early September when they discovered a black plastic bag with bundles of money inside. The boys took the money home, and counted out 100,000 Australian dollars in 20 and 50 denominations.

    Thinking the money may be linked to crime, the boys handed it over to authorities. Police have begun a probe into the origin of the cash, and have launched a search for the owners. So far, police have only had illegitimate claims for the cash.

    "We just don't want any trouble. We were sweet before the money and we'll be sweet after it," one of the teenagers was quoted by the Northern Star as saying.

    Police have said if no one claims the cash, it will be returned to the teenagers.

    Authorities still have no leads as to where the cash came from. The region around Nimbin, with a population of around 350 people, has seen recent flooding, and the cash could have floated downstream from one of several larger villages.
     

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